Finding Aid for the Kalil Family papers, 1896-1998

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, March 2012; machine-readable finding aid created by Caroline Cubé.
UCLA Library Special Collections
Room A1713, Charles E. Young Research Library
Box 951575
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1575
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Kalil Family papers
Date (inclusive): 1896-1998
Collection number: 1930
Creators: Charles and Violet Kalil
Extent: 2 letter size document boxes (1 linear ft.) 2 flat boxes
Abstract: This collection consists of the family papers of Charles and Violet Kalil, who moved to California in the late 1930s. It includes photo albums, greeting cards, postcards, letters, clippings, keepsakes and a scrapbook.
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

Processing Note

Processed by Yasmin Damshenas in the Center for Primary Research and Training (CFPRT), with assistance from Lilace Hatayama, March 2012.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Kalil Family papers (Collection 1930). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 7123593 


Charles and Violet were a married couple residing in Northridge, California. Charles Moore Kalil (October 28, 1905-January 19, 1985) was born in Maryland. His father was the proprietor of a restaurant, Kalil’s Cafeteria, where Charles would eventually work as a manager before he moved to California. Violet Marguerite Morris (June 22, 1907-May 8, 1999) was born in New Jersey. Her parents were from England and immigrated to the U.S. in the 1890s, where her father worked as a milkman. Charles and Violet were married on May 21, 1938 at the Wilshire Wedding Chapel in Los Angeles and settled in California. Charles served in the U.S. Navy during WWII from October 28, 1942 to February 8, 1945 and was stationed on the U.S.S. Anzio (CVE-57), U.S.S. Edwards (DD 619), and U.S.S. De Grasse (AP 164). The two resided in Northridge, California. Charles and Violet Kalil are both buried at Los Angeles National Cemetery.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of family photographs, keepsakes, letters, cards and postcards. There are six photo albums in total and one scrapbook. The majority of the letters, cards and postcards were received by Violet Kalil, though a number of letters received by Charles Kalil are included. The photographs were taken in a variety of locations in New Jersey and New York, as well as California including: Albany, Catalina, Central Park, Griffith Park, North Arlington, Rockaway Beach, San Francisco, and Yosemite. The scrapbook contains keepsakes and menus from a number of landmark Los Angeles restaurants, some of which no longer exist including: Sardi’s, the Brown Derby, Jerry’s Joynt, El Cholo and the Union Pacific Challenger dining car. Also included are keepsakes from 1939 Tournament of Roses, as well as from Charles’s naval days.

Organization and Arrangement

The materials have been arranged primarily by material type and also with consideration for size. Box 1 contains mostly photographs and some keepsakes, all organized chronologically. Box 2 is primarily devoted to postcards, greeting cards and letters, organized chronologically. Boxes 3 and 4 contain oversize photo materials and a scrapbook.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Charles Moore Kalil---Archives.
Violet Marguerite Kalil (nee Morris) ---Archives.

Genres and Forms of Material


Container List

Box 1, Folder 1

Photo album. 1907-1943.

Scope and Content Note

Violet’s family photos and photos of Charles and Violet. Includes photos taken at Lake Arrowhead, Lake Hopatcong, Hamburg NJ, High Point Park Monument, Hotel Bernhardt, Griffith Park, Indio, La Brea Tar Pits. Also, photos of Charles in Navy uniform.
Box 1, Folder 2

Photo album. 1914-1919.

Scope and Content Note

Violet’s family photos. Includes photos taken at Palisades, NJ, Block Island, Averill, NY, Albany NY, Potsdam, NY, Central Park, NY.
Box 1, Folder 3

Photo album. ca. 1921-1928.

Scope and Content Note

Pictures of Violet and Charles, also Violet's family. Photos taken in North Arlington, New Jersey; Rockaway Beach, New York; Fall River Road, Colorado; Catalina.
Box 1, Folder 4

Photographs. ca. 1905 and 1950s.

Scope and Content Note

Tintypes of unidentified individuals and photobooth photographs of Violet and Charles.
Box 1, Folder 5

Portraits of Charles Kalil. 1925.

Box 1, Folder 6

Wedding certificate and guest book for wedding of Charles and Violet Kalil. 1938 May 21.

Box 1, Folder 7

U.S. Navy clippings and keepsakes. ca. 1942-1945.

Scope and Content Note

Includes press releases, press clippings, memoranda, and a 1943 Christmas dinner menu from the U.S. Naval Air Station in Hawaii, Air Force. Also, Pacific Fleet table chart dated September 1944.
Box 1, Folder 8

Credit cards. 1950s-1980s.

Box 2, Folder 1

Postcards and keepsakes. ca. 1896, 1914-1939.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Central High School Memory Passages and Spelling Lessons for English Class annotated by Violet Morris, report cards, postcards, telegrams sent to Violet's parents after her marriage to Charles, and locks of hair.
Box 2, Folder 2

Postcards and letters received by Violet Morris.. ca. 1907-1916.

Box 2, Folder 3

Personal papers. ca. 1962-1992.

Scope and Content Note

Includes Violet's notes for her will, medical prescription, calendar pages and photographs Violet took with her during a 1992 hospital visit.
Box 2, Folder 4

Letters and greeting cards received by Charles and Violet Kalil.. ca. 1970-1990s.

Box 2, Folder 5

Greeting cards received by Violet Kalil. ca. 1990s.

Box 3, Folder 1

Poems and clippings. Undated.

Scope and Content Note

Binder with assembled typescript poems by various authors and clippings.
Box 3, Folder 2

Photo album. ca. 1920s.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Charles Kalil's family and friends. Includes photos shot in Colorado locations such as Fall River Pass Pass, Lariat Trail, El Dorado Springs; as well as California locations like Balboa and Catalina Island. Note this album contains photograph of Kalil's Cafeteria.
Box 3, Folder 3

Caricatures of Charles and Violet Kalil by Gordon Currie. 1972 .

Box 3, Folder 4

Portrait of Los Angeles Archbishop James Francis McIntyre. Undated.

Box 4, Folder 1

Scrapbook. ca. 1938-1959.

Scope and Content Note

Cards, keepsakes and clippings. Birth announcements, telegrams,and wedding congratulatory notes. Menus and napkins from local restaurants including Brown Derby, Sardis, El Cholo, Jerry's Joynt, as well as dining cars such as Union Pacific Challenger. Postcards from sites like Belmont Seafood Grotto in Long Beach, Hotel San Diego, Hollywood Bowl, Union Station, Wilshire Blvd., San Francisco, Yosemite. Also, programs from 1939 Tournament of Roses and press clippings of news events including items of local interest.
Box 4, Folder 2

Photo album. ca. 1938-1948.

Scope and Content Note

Photographs of Charles and Violet Kalil. Photos taken at California locations such as Griffith Park Observatory, Balboa Park, Santa Barbara, Pasadena Rose Parade, San Francisco International Exposition, Yosemite, Olvera Street, Catalina Island, Manhattan Beach, Santa Monica Beach, Lake Arrowhead and La Brea Tar Pits. Includes photos of Charles's naval training period taken at Chicago Naval Academy, Texas A & M, U.S. Naval Training School in College Station, Texas, and Honolulu, Hawaii. Includes photo of Charles and Violet on their wedding day, the Kalil's first Christmas and Thanksgiving as a married couple, and Charles in naval uniform,